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Why We Can't Afford Our Nation's Public Education Debt

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 06.27.2012 | Education
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

It is clear: Politicians are playing politics with education. And it's a game we cannot afford to lose.

Stripping and Searching

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Things are not nearly as bleak as commentators would have had us believe after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the recent case of Florence v. County of Burlington.

A Dangerous Attack on School Breakfast

Billy Shore | Posted 06.26.2012 | Impact
Billy Shore

New York City is dead last among 26 large urban areas in school breakfast participation, even though 74% of the city's public school students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Enter the city Health Department, which wants to halt plans to serve more morning meals at school.

64 Schools To Close Amid Impending Dissolution Of Philadelphia District

| Dale Mezzacappa | Posted 04.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. District staff and consultants are recommending a sweeping overhaul of ...

With the First Selection, Southside High Chooses...

Kevin Salwen | Posted 06.25.2012 | Education
Kevin Salwen

What if the poor performers could pick up an Andrew Luck every few years? Couldn't those schools start building around that player? What if students each day were challenged by smart, energetic teachers bringing new playbooks to the game?

Why Your Kid Isn't Creative

Rick Newman | Posted 06.25.2012 | Parents
Rick Newman

Give kids the freedom to discover something they truly love, while making sure they know it takes diligence and grit to succeed at their passion.

Home School Fever

Dennis Danziger | Posted 06.24.2012 | Education
Dennis Danziger

We Americans are headed in opposite and opposing directions; instead of coming together we're becoming once again a nation of tribal loyalties.

The 5 Worst Things a Teacher Can Say to Students

Dan Brown | Posted 06.24.2012 | Education
Dan Brown

As the year winds down and spring fever kicks in, some of us may be feeling weary. Yet no matter what happens, there are some words so destructive that they should never be uttered by a teacher.

Standardized Testing: The Least We Can Do

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.23.2012 | Education
Michele Somerville

Parents with children at decent schools tend to think that their schools are at least reasonably supportive of their students on test day. Three days ago, I was one such parent.

Are Democrats Wrong to Blame Teachers Unions?

Andrew Coulson | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Andrew Coulson

Acknowledging the real root of the problem -- state school monopolies -- seems like an attack on government. But it is not an attack to observe that government is bad at running schools, anymore than it's an attack on shovels to note that they make lousy Web browsers.

Public Education Isn't Free: How Education Fueled Foreclosures

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

In the popular imagination, the American foreclosure crisis is a morality play in which comeuppance has landed on greedy people who had it coming. Homeowners gorged on the wealth they took out of their properties like fat people at a Vegas buffet, using exotic mortgages to fill living rooms with home theaters and garages with new cars. This view is hard to square with the facts, and now a new study offers a powerful argument that scarce incomes and rising costs for middle class life played a decisive role in putting homeowners in deep financial trouble.

Strive for A's Not D's

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 06.19.2012 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

Our schools need to promote higher standards. LAUSD should and can become a leader in the country of a movement to move kids towards true college readiness.

Mother Outraged After Teacher Forced 6-Year-Old To Sit In Diarrhea

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 04.19.2012 | Education

Lisa Skidmore, mother of a kindergarten student at Southwest School in Washburn, Mo., is outraged after her daughter's teacher forced her to wrap a tr...

Georgia Handcuffing Of Kindergartner For Tantrum Renews School Policing Debate

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 06.18.2012 | Education

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico teacher asked a 13-year-old girl to stop talking with her friend and move to another seat. The girl refused. Th...

Celebrating Diversity In Public Schools

Sayu Bhojwani | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Sayu Bhojwani

Our students definitely need more, rather than fewer, days in school, so more holidays may not be the answer. But, different holidays could be.

America's Youth Is Uprising: 5 Signs From Our Nation's Public Schools

Christopher Emdin | Posted 06.13.2012 | Education
Christopher Emdin

Student protests across the nation are indicators of the rising youth discontent within American public schools and they demand our attention. We as parents, teachers, and community members should support students in their need for more civic engagement in public education standards.

Charter Schools and Sausage

Jeanne Allen | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Jeanne Allen

Educating the public to understand the mysteries of law making is the first step in ensuring a truly exceptional education for all children for generations to come.

Spreading Success: The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project

Jodi Grant | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Jodi Grant

We've learned a lot over the years about how our kids learn best. But putting that knowledge to work in our communities and classroom isn't always as easy as it sounds.

But, Who Will Design the Robots?

John Merrow | Posted 06.11.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Stressing the basics is no way to make sure that we will produce people to create the future. We need schools that encourage the imagination, that allow and support deep learning, and that fan the sparks of creativity -- not stomp out the fires.

Public v. Charter: Who Really Has More Administrative Bloat?

Posted 04.10.2012 | Education

Public schools are often criticized and scrutinized for perceived administrative bloat, tied to concerns that those sitting behind desks in district o...

Questions Abound As Districts Shift To Merit Pay For Teachers

| Scott Elliott and Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. If your child's teacher seems a little bit on edge this year, it might not be your imagina...

'Pervy Teachers' Accused Of Sexual Misconduct With Students Can't Get Fired

Posted 06.06.2012 | Education

Sixteen teachers accused of various forms of sexual misconduct are still teaching in New York City schools, according to a New York Education Departme...

America's Public Schools: Still Unequal And Unjust

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.06.2012 | Home
Marian Wright Edelman

The struggle to make sure a quality education is available to every child -- and not just a privilege for a few -- is the unfinished and critical business before the nation for it will determine America's future place on the global stage in a rapidly changing competitive world.

School Districts Sound Sour Note to Cut Costs

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 06.06.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

A report this week by the U.S. Department of Education paints a dreary picture of arts education in the nation.

Arbitrator: District Teachers Overworked, Underpaid

Posted 04.05.2012 | Education

Portland Public Schools officials overstepped in forcing district teachers to take on more classes and students, and owe affected educators a total $1...